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About "New Testament World"
In this companion volume to John Rogerson and Philip Davies' The Old Testament World, the authors give a balanced presentation of the early Christian texts and illuminate the New Testament writings, in words and pictures, as a truly living world.;First, positive relationships are drawn between the Old Testament and the New; then, reflecting new approaches in these studies, all the diversity of outlook and practice within the communities and churches of the New Testament is described, and the book culminates with an account of the tendencies towards unity.;What was reality for the first-century Jew, Greek or Roman? How different were the major cultural centres from the quieter backwaters of the Roman Empire? The authors focus on the fruits of archaeological knowledge and reconstruct vividly the social situation of the early communities - for only by seeing many of the texts against their historical and geographical background is it possible to realise their full impact.;Using specific evidence, important distinctions are also made clear in abstract areas of thought about early church doctrine and practice. What, for example, were a particular community's perspectives on worship, prayer and ethics, or the attitude of the church to the outside world, including its strategy for salvation.